Like a headless chicken !

Hertfordshire Mercury, 2nd September 1916


At St Albans County Petty Sessions, Frederick Charles Hughes, 35, of Kilburn, an omnibus conductor, was committed to Quarter Sessions on a charge of feloniously stealing two fowls, valued at 6 shillings, the property of Cornelius Kimpton Rudd, the landlord of the White Horse public house in London Colney, on 21st August.

The evidence for the prosecution was that the prisoner was seen to leave the public house, take a look around, and then enter the public house yard.  When he left shortly afterwards, he mounted a bus for St Albans but a fowl fell from his coat, which he then picked up.  He was subsequently arrested for carrying two headless fowls which he said he had given 1 shilling for.

A fowl’s head was found in his pocket, and another head in the public house yard.

Bail was allowed.

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